Upset bid falls short; Balanced scoring for Panthers
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Sophomore Megan Pelletier (Winslow, Maine) scored a game-high 20 points and collected a season-high 15 rebounds Tuesday night to lead the University of Southern Maine Huskies to a 54-48 win over the Plymouth State University Panthers in Little East Conference women's basketball action at Foley Gymnasium.
Pelletier was 10-for-18 from the field to lead all scorers. Senior Mariah Callender (Portland, Maine) added 11 points on 5-for-10 shooting, while sophomore Gretchen Anderson (Kittery Point, Maine) added nine points off of the bench.
Freshman DeAsia Lawrence (Middletown, Conn.) paced the Panthers with 12 points, knocking down 4-of-5 three pointers. Sophomore Taylor Perry (Simsbury, Conn.) added 11 points off of the bench, while sophomore Bry Bennett (Lancaster, N.H.) was 5-for-9 from the field for 10 points. Bennett added five rebounds, two blocks and a steal.
After trailing 8-4 six minutes into the game, PSU rallied with a 16-4 burst to pull ahead 20-12 with five minutes to go in the first half. Perry heated up for the Panthers with nine points in the run. USM answered with a 9-3 run to close out the half, leaving the home team with a 23-21 advantage. Pelletier tallied eight points and 10 boards in the opening 20 minutes.
PSU opened the second half with a three-pointer by senior Krystin Corliss (Loudon, N.H.) and a lay-up by Bennett to take a seven-point lead, 28-21. The Huskies came alive with 10 unanswered points to take their first lead of since the 7:56 mark of the opening half.
Pelletier scored on an offensive rebound and a put-back and Gallagher found a cutting Callender for a layup to bring USM to within one, 32-21. Callender's second layup in a row gave the Huskies the lead for good 33-32 with 13:32 to play. Pelletier converted an assist from junior Rebecca Knight (Alfred, Maine) before Knight ended the run with a jumper for a 37-32 USM lead with 11:44 to play.
PSU was within three points, 37-34, at the midway point of the half and within four, 41-37, after a three by Lawrence with six minutes to go, but USM pulled away with eight unanswered points, four by Pelletier and two each by Knight and Anderson. PSU pulled to within five points in the final minute but the Huskies held on for the win.
PSU (2-18, 1-10 LEC) plays its Senior Day game on Saturday, hosting the University of Massachusetts Boston at 1:00 p.m. at Foley Gym. Southern Maine (15-7, 7-4 LEC) hosts Rhode Island College Saturday at 1:00 p.m.
(With contributions from Southern Maine Sports Information)
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